BF 141/15: Diversity and Resilience

Dynamics and development paths of socio-ecological systems, illustrated by the Salzburg Lungau and Carinthian Nockberge Biosphere Reserve

Biosphere parks contribute to the conservation and sustainable use of large-scale representative sections of natural and cultural landscapes. Together with the local population, concepts for the protection and sustainable development of the region are developed and implemented. The objective of this project is to gain fundamental insights into the complex interrelationships of social-ecological systems using the example of the Alpine Biosphere Reserve Salzburg Lungau and Carinthian Nockberge. Diversity in its social, economic and ecological dimensions represents a central factor for regional development and is crucial for the ability to react to, manage and shape change. The example region Biosphärenpark Salzburger Lungau and Kärntner Nockberge, which was recognised as a biosphere park by UNESCO in 2012, represents an effective analytical framework for examining the significance of this spatial protection and development concept in an exemplary manner.

Due to involvement in other project work, the completion of the project has been delayed. Selected project results were already presented and discussed at the ÖGA meeting in September 2018. It is also planned to present the results of the project to a broad public from science and practice via specialist articles and further conference contributions.

Project Status


Project Leader


Mag.a Theresia OEDL-Wieser

Rural Sociology and Library


DAX, Thomas

Dr. Thomas Dax

former employees

Mag.a Ingrid MACHOLD

Mountain Areas Research and Regional Development
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